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Hulk Hogan $140 Million Sex Tape Verdict Upheld by Judge
Hulk Hogan has once again body-slammed Gawker in the legal arena.
The former wrestler, who earlier this year was awarded $140 million in damages from Gawker after the media blog published portions of a sex tape featuring Hogan, had his verdict upheld on Wednesday when a Florida judge denied Gawker’s motion for a new trial.
The judge also refused Gawker’s request to reduce the damages, the Associated Press reports.
Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, sued Gawker, claiming that the site invaded his privacy by publishing the footage. In a high-profile trial, a jury agreed, awarding the wrestler $115 million in compensatory damages and tacking on $25 million in punitive damages.
Hogan filed a second suit against Gawker earlier this month, claiming that the site leaked a sealed transcript from the tape, in which the wrestler can be heard making racist statements. The WWE severed ties with Hogan after the comments were made public.
Japanese Stocks Decline, Led by Exporters as Yen Holds Gains
Japanese stocks fell for a second day, led by electronics appliance makers and car builders, as the yen held gains against the dollar, damping the outlook for export earnings.
The Topix index sank 0.5 percent to 1,332.11 as of 9:04 a.m. in Tokyo as three shares declined for each that rose. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped 0.6 percent to 16,553.97. The yen traded at 109.33 per dollar after strengthening 0.8 percent on Monday following talks by Group of Seven finance minister on currency intervention that disappointed some investors.
“The gap between the U.S. and Japan hasn’t been erased at the G-7 finance ministers’ meeting,” said Toshihiko Matsuno, chief strategist at SMBC Friend Securities Co. in Tokyo. “Those who had expected change are unwinding their weaker yen positions. The currency situation probably won’t change with the weekend G-7 talks either.”
Futures on the S&P 500 Index were little changed. The underlying U.S. equity gauge fell 0.2 percent on Monday amid a retreat in crude oil, as investors awaited more clarity on the timing of the next potential interest-rate increase from the Federal Reserve and the outlook for American inflation.
Oil traded near $48 a barrel as producers in Canada worked to resume operations after wildfires and Iran continued to increase exports. Crude futures dropped 0.7 percent Monday in New York, a fourth day of losses.
“The market’s now trying to gauge whether the U.S. will raise interest rates in June, and waiting for economic data coming out of the U.S.,” said SMBC Friend’s Matsuno.
Traders have boosted the probability of higher rates next month to 32 percent, up from 4 percent a week ago.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker said that he could see two to three rate hikes in 2016 and that prices will return toward the central bank’s inflation target over the medium term. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is due to deliver remarks on Friday and the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee meets on June 14-15.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official 7, RCR residence in the national capital and also launched an updated version of the Prime Minister’s mobile app. Cook met Prime Minister Modi as part of an Asian tour aimed at boosting sales. The Apple CEO’s visit to India comes at a time when the US technology giant is hit by slower growth in global sales of its flagship products and has his work cut out in a market that is growing fast. On Wednesday, Cook began his first official visit to India by offering prayers at Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak temple.
“Victoria Beckham ist nicht meine Fashion-Rivalin.”
Alesha Dixon (37,“Do It For Love”) wehrt sich gegen Behauptungen, sie würde Victoria Beckham (42, “Learning to Fly”) Konkurrenz in der Mode-Welt machen wollen. Genau wie das Ex-“Spice Girl” brachte die Sängerin jetzt ihre eigenen Kollektion auf den Markt. Diese trägt den Namen “Little Black Dress”. Ein großer Unterschied zwischen den Modelinien ist allerdings der Preis. Bei Dixon ist ein Kleid ab 152 Euro zu erwerben, bei Beckham zahlt man dafür schon mal eben mindesten 1.900 Euro. Laut “Daily Star” findet das Ex-“Mis-Teeq”- Mitglied aber nur Lob für ihre Mode-Konkurrentin: “Sie ist eine riesige Inspiration für uns”.
Foreign policy cannot be based on personal agenda: Former Minister Salman Khurshid
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Indian foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been derailed and made “directionless”, former external affairs minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has said.
He also stressed that diplomacy “cannot be based on personal agenda” and has to look “beyond one’s own nose”.
“Where is the foreign policy under this regime? We have not seen one during the last two years,” Khurshid told IANS in an interview here.
Asked how, as the country’s former external affairs minister, he would assess the performance of the Narendra Modi regime on the diplomatic front in the last two years, Khurshid said: “The foreign policy has been derailed and now it is directionless”.
“I should say it is a case of myopia. Any country’s foreign policy has to look beyond one’s own nose,” Khurshid said.
“It cannot get personal; a good diplomatic policy cannot be based on personal agenda. There is a complete failure because nothing really seems to have been achieved by the country despite the fact that the prime minister has travelled so much abroad,” he said.
Khurshid said the “worst part” is that India has “lost friends” in the neighbourhood.
“From Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal… we seem to be losing out everyone,” he said.
To another question on the Modi government’s Pakistan policy, especially in the context of the prime minister’s unscheduled visit to Lahore on December 25, 2015, he said: “What did he achieve for the country, what was the use? His visit was soon followed by the Pathankot terror attack.”
“I will say terror attack on the Pathankot airbase is a testimony of the complete failure of the Modi government’s Pakistan policy,” Khurshid said.
Known for his closeness to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Khurshid claimed the party was “serious” about extending a helping hand to Modi on foreign policy, especially with regard to Pakistan.
“But nothing happened that we ought to have supported him ,” Khurshid said.
Asked to analyse Modi’s approach towards Indo-Pak relations, Khurshid said: “Prime Minister Modi seems to always give an impression that ‘look here, what the Congress could not do in so many years, I could do’.”
“He landed in Pakistan on an unscheduled visit and gave a message that everything is solved. Then came Pathankot. What better testimony of a failure could be?” Khurshid asked.
He also lamented that India’s foreign policy in the last two years could not convince the international community and various countries to be “on our side and support us”.
“Not many countries have come forward supporting us. The foreign policy is not only wanting something for your own country. It is also walking along and taking others. It is also about knowing what other countries want from you. In terms of all these, the foreign policy has been a failure,” Khurshid said.
Asked to comment on the possibility of the Congress’s revival in the near future, he said: “The setback is only temporary and the Congress will get back its position in national politics very soon.”
(Nirendra Dev can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)